The 80+ Best PG-13 Indie Movies

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List of PG-13 indie movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG-13 indie movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 Indie movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 indie movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 Indie movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 Indie films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 Indie film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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Woody Allen and Robert Duvall have both directed a Indie film PG-13 film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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  • Juno
    1
    Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
    34 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Jason Reitman
    Juno is a heartwarming drama-comedy that revolves around the life of Juno MacGuff (Elliot Page), a witty and independent 16-year-old who becomes pregnant by her friend, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). Instead of opting for an abortion, she decides to give the baby up for adoption. The prospective parents are Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), a seemingly perfect couple. As the story unfolds, Juno navigates through pregnancy while dealing with school, relationships, and the impending reality of motherhood. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for three others including Best Picture.

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  • Bend It like Beckham
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    Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Anupam Kher
    22 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
    Bend It Like Beckham, a British comedy-drama, weaves the story of Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), a young Sikh woman smitten with football. Amidst cultural clashes and family expectations, she nurtures her passion clandestinely, inspired by her idol David Beckham. Her talent catches the eye of Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), leading to an unlikely alliance in a local women's team. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, this film won the BBC's Britain's Best Film award. It explores themes of identity, aspiration, and friendship, against the backdrop of multicultural London. Multilayered yet accessible, it's a unique blend of sports and social commentary.

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  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    3
    Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen
    35 votes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
    In What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), burdened with the responsibility of caring for his obese mother and mentally challenged brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), navigates the trials of small-town life. The drama unfolds in Endora, Iowa, where monotony reigns and change is a mere whisper on the horizon. Amidst this, a young woman named Becky (Juliette Lewis) arrives, stirring up Gilbert's world. This film, which earned DiCaprio an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, delicately explores themes of family duty, personal sacrifice, and the pursuit of happiness amidst hardship.

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  • Kinky Boots
    4
    Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Jane Potts
    20 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Julian Jarrold
    After his father's demise, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) inherits the family business, a shoe factory in Northampton, England. He is not interested in shoes, and the factory is in such dire financial straits that he must lay off 15 employees. However a fortuitous encounter with a transvestite cabaret singer (Chiwetel Ejiofor) inspires Charlie to save the factory from closure by producing erotic footwear, much to the chagrin of the workers.

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  • Lars and the Real Girl
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    Ryan Gosling, Paul Schneider, Emily Mortimer
    29 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Craig Gillespie
    In the quirky dramedy Lars and the Real Girl, Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is an awkwardly shy young man in a tight-knit midwestern town. Social interaction proves difficult for him, until he introduces Bianca, a life-size doll he purchased on the internet, as his girlfriend. Concerned, yet supportive, his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) decide to go along with his delusion. Their acceptance leads the entire community to also embrace Bianca, creating a heartwarming exploration of love and acceptance. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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  • Smoke Signals
    6
    Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard
    16 votes
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Chris Eyre
    Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold's son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father's alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold's ashes.

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